Post # 1
anybody having a simple program that doesnt list the names of the bridal party? I just want it list the order of events.. Is this a big no-no if I leave out the names of the bridal party? I personally dont see the big issue, what do people get out of seeing their names on the program?
Post # 3
I said yes, because I just think it’s a nice gesture.
If the program is given before the ceremony, outlining the events during the ceremony, I’d say yes put the names in there. The BP is afterall, part of the ceremony. And some guests might enjoy knowing who they are looking at. Sometimes couples put in their programs how they know the attendants (ie. sister of the bride, or high school friend). I have a hard time trying to think of a compelling reason why not to put their names on the program if you are making one. If you don’t, it might possibly make you look awkward.
If you want to put something like a simple card, at the table settings stating the timeline of when cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing will start, then I don’t think the names of the BP need to go on it.
Post # 4
I personally think it’s pretty important to have the BP names in the program. They are part of the ceremony, and their positions as bridal party members are meant to honor them.
Post # 5
The program is the only place where your bridal party receives recognition before all your other guests for the role they’ve (presumably) played in contributing toward your wedding day, whether through helping with planning or simply paying for their dresses and showing up supportively (not a small undertaking in itself sometimes). It’s a nice way to honor them for being there for you. I would have felt bad if my bridal party didn’t have their names written somewhere so that the guests would know who they were – plus, some guests may be curious about how the bridal party relates to you and your fiance (sister of the bride, friend of the groom, etc). Without their names in the program, folks are just left to wonder who the heck all those people at the front of the church are.
Post # 6
Thanks for all the responses… I’m having a one page program and just didnt want it to look crowded with too much on it. I personally never read the BP section of the program at weddings and never thought much of it.
Post # 7
Could you possibly put it on the back side or do you already have something planned for the back. I personally enjoy reading the bridal party section when I’m at weddings. I particularly like it when they mention their relationship – sister, cousin, roomate, friend, etc.
Post # 8
@bells: our program is also one page, but it is double-sided. We have the BP’s names and ours parents’/grandparents’ names on the back.
Post # 9
I skipped programs all together, but if I had done them I definitely would have put our wedding party’s names in them.
Post # 10
I am including our bridal party names in our program. Don’t want them to feel left out.
Post # 11
I said yes b/c that’s usually the only part I actually do read!
Post # 12
Wow, I’m really suprised so many of you said yes. I was planning on doing program fans. We’re having a Greek Orthodox ceremony, and my family is Roman Catholic, so I have all of the parts of the ceremony explained on one side, and I have our monogram and date on the other. Maybe I should reconsider and ditch the monogram for a listing of the BP?
Post # 13
I agree with the PPs. It’s a nice place to honor and recognize your wedding party.
@MrsMcGyro: Personally, I would.
Post # 14
I think it’s nice to have them. Plus as a guest, I like to know who they are and what their relationship to the bride and groom is.
Post # 15
I know there’s been a lot of answers, but I agree with putting them on. They’re giving up of their time and money, and they deserve to be recognized.
Post # 16
Thanks for all the feedback bees
@jordynrose: @PumpkinSpiceChai: I will definitely look into having the double sided program.. we’ll see how well that works out.